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What do you do when you are writing a scene, but can't find a way to describe an object or an action?
Thesaurus time.
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3 RalphCrown4th Nov 2011 07:04:26 AM from Next Door to Nowhere
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Get poetic. Use a metaphor. Use a simile.

Use your magic writer's wand. Turn it into something you can describe.

Do your job. Good writing is hard work.
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4 Merlo4th Nov 2011 08:02:27 AM from the masochist chamber
Go with whatever as a placeholder, and hopefully something good will come to you later.
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5 Sidewinder4th Nov 2011 04:38:38 PM , Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
Sneaky Bastard
Brainstorming time. Or if you're like me and have a notebook of ideas, flip through it and see if something inspires you.
I try to avoid such scenes. I describe indescribable things in terms of how they make characters feel.

I love how Tim Burton depicts railings and fences but there's no way to adequately describe them, so I'd say something like "s/he shivered at the sight of the strange fence."

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7 Dec30th Nov 2011 03:44:44 PM from The Dance Floor
Stayin' Alive
Write the shitty version that gets the point across, fix it in editing.

That or I write it out, like, five different times and meld the best parts of each all together. That's usually when I'm describing something that is going to take some space, though.

edited 30th Nov '11 4:59:34 PM by Dec

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8 YuriStrike30th Nov 2011 03:58:05 PM from I'm telling nobody!
Go look for help.
9 NoirGrimoir30th Nov 2011 04:18:25 PM from San Diego, CA , Relationship Status: Anime is my true love
Rabid Fujoshi
Ask someone better than you how they would describe it and go from there. I don't think I've ever come across anything I literally couldn't think how to describe for more than five minutes. My time on it is then more about fine tuning to get the point across int he most efficient and evocative way possible.
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